Rhea County Rushing Attack Buries Rebels in Spring Scrimmage
On a rather hot day in Evensville, the boys in green and gold looked to be in good and decent order as they dispelled the Franklin County Rebels 34-6 in the Saturday spring scrimmage.
The Eagles were led by a valiant performance from rising senior quarterback Zach Pemberton who totaled over 100 yards of offense with 94 rushing yards on twelve carries, 22 passing yards on 2/3 attempts, and two touchdowns in limited 1st team action against the visitors, commanding the new-look Eagles to the tune of around 290 total rushing yards between the 1st and 2nd teams.
Fullbacks Chandler Kaylor (Sr.), Bradley Goodwin (Jr.), and Bo Garmany (Sr.) combined for over 80 yards rushing with Goodwin and Garmany scoring a touchdown apiece, while the running back trio of Aulbrey Smith (Sr.), Destin Shelfer (Jr.) and Jackson Langley (Jr.) came in at over 70 total yards rushing with Langley chipping in another 19 in receiving. Smith also scored a two point conversion.
Junior backup quarterback Kyle Carr had a good day as well, commanding the 2nd team offense to two touchdowns, contributing over 40 yards rushing, and carrying for a touchdown of his own late in the scrimmage. Junior Aaron Worthington contributed 3 receiving yards on a two point conversion with the 1st team offense.
Defensively, the Eagles shined as they held the Rebels to around 120 rushing yards on the day and only allowed the visitors across the 50-yard line twice, one resulting in the only touchdown scored against Rhea County after an Eagle fumble on the first offensive series of the contest, and the other resulting in a turnover on downs near the Eagles’ 30 yard line.
The defense recovered two fumbles out of the four forced during the scrimmage, forced a turnover on downs, totaled two sacks, and rising senior safety/running back Aulbrey Smith picked off a pass deep in Rhea County territory, returning it to mid-field and snuffing out what was looking like a promising series for the visiting Rebels.
The Eagles looked stellar on offense and defense against a talented Franklin County team who figures in to be a contender in Region 5-5A this season. With this being the only spring scrimmage this off-season for the Eagles, the Rhea County faithful will have to wait until late in the summer to see their team take the field again. However, it will be here before you know it, and it appears that we could be in for something special this season. Hold on to your seats, Eagle Nation! The 2018 edition of Eagles are coming soon!
- Pemberton: 94 rushing 2 TD, 22 passing
- Kaylor: 12 rushing
- Langley: 23 rushing, 19 receiving
- Goodwin: 21 rushing 1 TD
- Shelfer: 22 rushing
- Smith: 31 rushing
- Carr: 42 rushing 1 TD
- Garmany: 52 rushing 1 TD
- Worthington: 3 receiving
- Rush: 290
- Pass: 22
- Rush: 118
- Pass: 47